Growing up I didn’t have much taste in music. For most of my younger years the only way you heard music was through the radio or if you bought a CD. Being a big nerd I never listened to the radio and spent most of my money on games. I wouldn’t get much of a taste of music until file sharing became a thing and I could just try anything I heard people talk about.
I gravitated towards rock music and while I’ve enjoyed most genres to one degree or another, given the choice I’ll generally listen to something under the rock umbrella. (Spotify tells me I lean heavily towards indie rock and psychedelic rock)
These days the only way I really learn about music I like is through random recommendations on Spotify. While most of the time the algorithm gives me stuff I don’t particularly care for, it has introduced to me to a couple of my favorite bands I’d have never heard of otherwise.
Still, I’d rather be recommended something from an actual human being over a machine, and I’d prefer if the talk wasn’t just about whatever popular band/musician has done lately. My favorite bands have frequently turned out to be something very few people have ever actually heard about.
How do you find out about new music that appeals to you? Are there good websites looking out for new unique hits? Podcasts that cover musical territory not often traveled? A youtuber who talks about the top 10 bands you never heard of?
I can do a search for those but I feel that’s just relying on the algorithm in a more roundabout way again.